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John Skillin

 (1746 - 1800)
John Skillin was active/lived in Massachusetts.  John Skillin is known for ship figurehead carver.

Biography   John Skillin

From Boston, Massachusetts, John Skillin and other members of his family were considered some of America's first sculptors, something for which there was little tradition from the 'mother country' of England. The Skillin family was prominent in this method for almost a hundred years before, during and after the Revolution.  However, none of their original work seems to exist today, so scholars are left only with records and personal descriptions of them.

The carving of figureheads was one of the first forms of American sculpture, and flourished during the "new spirit of independence" after the American Revolution.  The figurehead style was described as "free, vigorous, original and democratic." However,   ...  Displaying 750 of 2157 characters.

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